Steve Roggenbuck – January 23rd – Phoenix

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Steve Roggenbuck is an American poet, blogger, and YouTuber. His work is noted for its utilization of internet self-publishing, creative misspelling, and themes of carpe diem and appreciation of the natural world.

Roggenbuck’s work has been profiled by the The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Gawker, The Atlantic, The Fader, The Guardian, and Flavorwire.

Roggenbuck grew up in Ruth, Michigan. He attended Central Michigan University as an undergraduate and began an MFA in poetry at Columbia College Chicago but dropped out in late 2011 after becoming disillusioned with the program. In 2012 he toured the United States performing his poetry, staying with Internet friends, and living frugally. During this period Roggenbuck contributed to the rapid growth of the Alt Lit writing community by moving about the country hosting alt lit parties, recruiting and inspiring new alt lit writers.

Currently Roggenbuck lives in Maine, where he started Boost House, a small press and arts residency.

Lawn Gnome Publishing and Steve Roggenbuck were meant to make vegan donuts together, but settled on throwing a really great poetry show instead.

Tickets to this limited engagement are $10 and available here.

Individual World Poetry Slam is Coming (October 8th -11th)

Phoenix Welcomes the World to the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam

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Phoenix, AZ is the largest populated state capital in the United States, surrounded by beautiful desert landscape, and is proud to play host for the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam.  This three-day competition and arts festival will also include panel discussions, workshops, and poetry showcases made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council.

iWPS 2014 will host 72 poets along with countless fans, beginning Wednesday, October 8th. The Last Chance Slam at Lawn Gnome Publishing, will kick off the festival, with poets vying for one remaining slot in the official competition. The official Individual World Poetry Slam will begin Thursday, October 9th and continue through Saturday, October 11th.

Click the tabs on this page for details, including a schedule of events, lodging and ticket information, and contact information for iWPS 2014 organizers.  Phoenix is excited to welcome the world to iWPS 2014.  See you in Phoenix this October, when the average weather forecast is sunny and 80 degrees.

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For more information and a full schedule of events, check out www.iwps.poetryslam.com